My Preceptorship

We all work so hard during the four years of podiatry school. So many hours of our time are spent studying, making charts, and going to tutor sessions. We do this so that we can get into a residency program so that sensible surgical and practice options can be learned and honed for when it’s time to face the real world on your own.

 Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to place into a residency. So then I had to ask myself, now what?

The Road from Student to Physician

            Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of second and third year students at KSUCPM. We discussed everything from difficult classes and preparing for residency, to fellowships, the places that they dreamed of living and working, and even the idea of taking the leap to open a practice of their own. For some students, these areas were only a matter of how, when and where (or in some cases, wherever the path would take them), but to others, with less room for a free spirit mentality, considering something like a post-residency fellowship, or deciding where to practice was much less “wait and see” and seemingly a lot more complicated.

Why I Chose My Residency Program (Things You Should Look for when choosing a Residency Program)

Resident Autonomy

Our Program provides a great deal of resident autonomy in the O.R. , clinic, and with inpatient hospital management. We single scrub all of our cases which allows us to experience a more hands-on approach to surgery. We also see our own patients in clinic under the supervision of our attendings. We typically see around 20 patients per resident in our weekly resident run clinic. During our clinic time, we see our own post-op patients and develop our own surgical/treatment plans for new consults.  We also admit many of our own patients and therefore must be able to manage them from a medical standpoint.